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In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few. So begins this most beloved of all American Zen works. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki's classic. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it's all about. An instant teaching in the first minutes. And that's just the beginning.

In the 30 years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics in a way that is remarkably clear and resonates with the joy of insight. Listeners will refer to this audio time and time again as an inspiration to practice.

©1970 Shunryu Suzuki (P)1988, 2015 Audio Literature, Phoenix Books

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Great book & performance. Low audio quality

This book gave me some excellent moments of clarity. audio could be better. excellent narration.

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Detailed understanding of Zazen practice

This book is a detailed teaching of Zazen meditation along with deep understanding of to know your mind, nature, true your self and Buddhism.

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The Simplest and best Book on Zen I have read

I have listened to this book over half a dozen times, and I pick up on a subtle quote that I missed each time, if you are new to Zen in my belief this is written perfectly, exceptional listening

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Fantastic and beautiful

This book has changed my life. Beautifully read and such wonderful words to ponder & absorb.
I listen to individual chapters daily. Excellent!

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Timeless Classic

This is beautifully read and engaging. Such a classic work.. deeply insightful, intriguing and well worth the time..

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One to listen to over again.

This is a great reference book about Zen Buddhism. Definitely be listening to this audio again

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relaxing

My friend and I used to listen to this together years ago, it is so nice to finally have a copy again. It is a wonderful audiobook and I find it very very relaxing. The narrators voice is easy to understand, i didn't want it read by anyone else. :)

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Not what I thought it would be

Would you try another book written by Shunryu Suzuki or narrated by Peter Coyote?

It's a difficult book to listen to and it may be because of the quality of the recording and also the narrator is very monotone.

What was most disappointing about Shunryu Suzuki’s story?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-2018

Amazing!

One of my favourite books! The one I always go back to over and over again.
Beautifully narrated by Peter Coyote
I recommend this to everybody interested in Zen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-2019

good but..

i recommend other works as well for a fuller understanding, such as the power of now and headspace and waking up

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-2020

Very old School with nothing concrete

I have listened to Eckhart Tolle (Power of snow) and other similar books and this has to be the worst.
Very opinionated and can basically summarise three hours of quite fluffy material with some historical/mythical stories, as be in the moment, nothing exists as it seems, do not expect anything from practising and lengthy commentary about how important posture is.
Disappointed with this after reading great reviews online!

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  • Adam Sommerfield
  • 16-02-2019

Great - Very Insightful!

Peter Coyote has a great voice, easy to listen to. The audiobook is a great introduction to ZEN.

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  • SJRod
  • 09-12-2017

excellent

A complete explanation. Really enjoyed the reading and the explanations. Even if you are not a beginner you will gain a lot from this recording. Recommended

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  • Tacal Tudor
  • 13-05-2020

Excelent book

I believe this book offers a good understanding of what Zen is and it’s practice.

The authors explains in words the big concepts of buddhism in such a way that it makes sense for everyone to understand.

What I mean is the explanation of enlightenment and big mind in modern and no uncertain terms.

If you want a short and clear exposition of zen even if you are a beginner or you had some practice before I highly recommend this book.

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  • Nigel D. Thomas
  • 01-01-2019

very deep stuff.

i needed to go through all chapters over all over again again we better understanding

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  • Davie
  • 27-03-2017

Truly legendary!

Gets right to the point and tells the actual truth instead of feeding you belief systems. I will be listening t this again many more times. Narration was spot on and it's a short listen, meaning it's easy to get into. Please buy this book, it will change your life. One of the greatest audio books I've ever listened to.

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  • Amoafo Anim-Addo
  • 04-05-2022

Maybe this is what Zen is about but nothing much tangible…

Perhaps not the best introduction to Zen for someone with little prior exposure. Felt repetitive, filled with riddle and difficult to take much tangible from on a personal level. Has not dampened my intrigue but I felt it had done nothing to demystify the subject.

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  • George
  • 07-04-2022

This book will not enlighten you....

To become enlightened you must let go of wanting to become enlightened, or wanting anything, if your reason for reading books is to achieve enlightenment then you will not find it, it is not something you find, it is something you already have, you just need to realize it, truly see it.

So, this book will not enlighten you, only you can do that. Enlightenment is beyond words and symbols.

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